This lectureship, together with the first endowed chair at Chapman University, was established in 1984 in the name of Belle Griset, whose son Francis Griset served as a Chapman Trustee for many years. The Griset Chair in Bible and Christian Studies was held by Prof. Marvin Meyer. The Griset Lectureship enables the department to invite prominent scholars to campus to teach and deliver public lectures in the area of Christianity and ethics.
Griset Lecturer 2010-2011
Dr. Richard Swinburne
University of Oxford
Richard Swinburne is a Fellow of the British Academy. From 1985 to 2002 he was Nolloth Professor of the Philosophy of the Christian Religion, University of Oxford. He is the author of many books on the nature and justification of religious belief, and on other areas of philosophy including the philosophy of mind and epistemology.
October 11, 2010
Human beings have a mental life of sensation, thought, purpose, desire, and belief. Although these mental states in part cause, and are caused by brain states, they are distinct from them. Richard Swinburne argues that we can only make sense of this interaction by supposing that mental states are states of a soul, a mental substance in interaction with the body. View Video!
October 13, 2010
Whether or not Jesus rose bodily from the dead remains perhaps the most critical and contentious issue in Christianity. Richard Swinburne considers the evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus and concludes that the evidence makes it probably that God raised Jesus from the dead. View Video!